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The Most Underrated "Talker" Ever

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Hey guys Knox here hoping all is well. There have been many debates on who's to be considered as the greatest talkers and mic workers of this industry. I've heard names like Austin, Rocky, Piper, Flair and many others but I wanna tell you about a guy that no one ever brings up. He's my 3rd favorite wrestler of all time and one of the few to wrestle in ECW, WWE, WCW & TNA. I'm talking about a guy who helped revolutionize guys like Cm Punk & Jeff Hardy before they were even thought of. I'm talking about none other than.......




"Quote the Raven". Never more.


Brief Intro:
Raven has wrestled for pretty much every top promotion which includes Smokey Mountain Wrestling, WCW, WWE, ECW & TNA. I always felt like he was the most underrated wrestler of all time when it comes to having the full package. Yeah, he's not the biggest guy, but he had a hell of a look, a DDT and amazing charisma and mic skills.

Raven Promo #1 (ECW)



Raven's time in ECW is where he made his true mark in wrestling, he was doing some insane stuff. His promo game was almost the top of the business as a whole in my personal opinion.



Raven Promo #2 (WCW) on DDP



In WCW he also cut some very interesting promos to say the least, especially when he was with The Flock. His feud with DDP was absolutely priceless.



Raven Promo #3 (WWE) Sunday Night Heat

This is one of the biggest injustices ever in professional wrestling. To see the way they jobbed Raven out in the WWE. He should've been a standout superstar. He should've been as huge & over as Mick Foley was. He's one of the greatest characters this business has ever seen. He still stayed sharp on his game on the mic, the one thing WWE couldn't destroy.




Shades of Raven in Cm Punk, Jeff Hardy & Dean Ambrose:

I may not like Cm Punk but I'm so happy that he's become this huge superstar. Because from Day 1, I've seen so much Raven in him. Cm Punk has stated in interviews that Raven was his favorite wrestler growing up and one of his motivations. I'm happy for Cm Punk.

I look at the promo style of Dean Ambrose and I dare anyone say they don't see the ECW style Raven promos in Ambrose. Since the indies, Moxley has used that promo style and its worked to perfection. Talking wise, he's the closest thing to Raven.

And then you have Jeff Hardy. "The Creatures of the Night" is basically what Raven has been doing his whole career. To see the fact that his name still lives on in this business through three very talented stars in a testament to how good this guy really was.


Cm Punk's Oldschool Promo vs Raven (See the resemblance?)

This is the promo I'm talking about that Cm Punk reminds me so much of Raven and basically explains how he's the opposite of Raven but he was so driven by him. This to me is a shoot seeing as he was Punk's favorite wrestler. This is why Punk is one of the greatest talkers ever. Check this out.




Jon Moxeley (Dean Ambrose) isn't afraid of homicide

One of the greatest talkers ever too in my opinion and he hasn't even begun yet. Check out this promo and tell me if Raven doesn't live on through this man as well.







Conclusion:
Hope you all enjoyed this one. Truly Raven is one of my favorites and one of the greatest talkers ever and should be considered the most underrated talker of all time. He was very underutilized throughout his career but one thing you can't deny is he's the greatest Hardcore Champion ever and just an allout great star. His days with Cactus Jack were epic. Mick went on to be a 3-Time WWF Champion, sadly Raven never made it big time with his gimmick once he hit the WWE. Thanks guys and be safe. Until then.


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  1. Double Axehandle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by akbar
    I think me and you are the only ones that like Heath Sater and think he has potential.
    His look might say Wendy's girl but he has the in ring ability to match the top stars.
  2. Pearl River Plunge's Avatar
    could not agree more - great blog

    2nd agree to Heath Slater, got the potential to be big time
  3. Dubs's Avatar
    Excellent blog Knox. Raven is one of the best promo cutters of all time. The way he would cut his promos influenced a lot of other promo cutters. No one will ever match his promo cutting skills, ever.
  4. Sahu's Avatar
    I have not seen raven's ECW work as we never had the broadcast of ECW in India...

    But, I have seen his work in WCW and I should say he's Great on mic...I always felt WWE never gave him what he deserved..

    But, he shined well in TNA...

    I guess he's underrated only by WWE..otherwise he got a pretty good career n has great fan following...

    Anyways a gret blog...n I agree that Jeff Hardy's gimmick of creatures of night is Raven's gimmick only...

    n Punk's promos resemble Raven's style...so his legacy is alive even today..

    I do not know why, but I always wanted Undertaker vs Raven in a full fledged feud ending at Wrestlemania...
  5. Sahu's Avatar
    Nice blog Knox..can u continue it with few more under rated mic workers...

    I wish you can do a blog on Roaddogg as well
  6. dub's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by akbar
    I think me and you are the only ones that like Heath Sater and think he has potential.
    I like Heath too. Did you see his backstage interview after a match with Sin Cara. He was like...(in his back woods country soundin voice) "How can i grab him when he's doin all dem flipddy do's. And why does he wrestle in da dark? HOW CAN I WRESTLE WHEN IT'S DARK!" lolololol he had me rolling cuz I was thinking the same thing.
    Updated 07-31-2012 at 12:35 PM by dub
  7. RagnarokNRoll's Avatar
    Knox, I always enjoy reading your blogs thought I don't always agree with them. But this one was spot on. Raven was incredible on the mic. What made it more impressive is the guy looks like a dirty metal head who people probably don't believe can form a cogent sentence let alone craft such well spoken promos. Keep up the good work.
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